Hakuouki Sekkaroku (薄桜鬼 雪華録) Episodes:
2011 Animation Production:
Studio DEEN, Sentai Filmworks Official Summary: The protagonist, Yukimura Chizuru, is the daughter of a doctor who works in Edo. The father leaves Edo to work as a volunteer doctor and moves to Kyoto without his daughter. As time passes by, Chizuru starts worrying about losing contact with her father, so she decides to go to Kyoto in search of him. On the way, Chizuru is attacked by few criminals and witnesses a fight between an oni and the Shinsengumi. Taking her into custody and saving her, the Shinsengumi debate on what to do with Chizuru when they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor they are also looking for. So they decide to become Chizuru's protectors and help her look for her father (the doctor). Lots of events happen while she stays with the Shinsengumi, as they discover mysterious secrets and also fight against the Bakumatsu group. The story is overall romantic with a historical and political background. ( - MAL )
: Okay so, Hakuouki. This particular series is an OVA aside to the main storyline, mostly focusing on a single "mission" that Chizuru ends up getting involved in that has her infilitrating Shimabara as a geiko
in order to eavesdrop on some loyalists. Most of the episodes examine the encounter from different angles, with certain events taking place in the foreground/background. It's pretty much just added fluff for the fans, of which there are plenty.
I am of two minds about Hakuouki. One is full of foam and fangirl flail, and the other just kinda sighs and mourns over the fact that there is a deeply woobified, prettyboy Hijikata. I have given up and just let the flail carry through, especially since Hijikata is voiced by Shinichiro Miki (Roy Mustang in FMA: Brotherhood), and Kondou is voiced by Ohkawa Toru (Roy Mustang in FMA '03). Things that fuck with my mind, 101: both Roys in the same scene. Often.
(Shinichiro Miki turning up doesn't ping my flail-dar because he is in everyfucking thing. Well, either him or Koyasu. No, it pings my flail-dar because he's playing motherfucking Hijikata Toshizou in epic long-haired prettyboy state with flowing kimono and hakama and purple eyes and then WHOOPS THERE'S THE OTHER ROY. My fangirl heart can't take it.)
Fortunately the OAV doesn't really divert in to the rakshasa storyline, which, while somewhat novel, adds a whole additional layer of oh my god what
to the original series.
It isn't dramatic and tragic enough to have a harem otome game set during the bakumatsu in the Shinsengumi, we've got to add actual oni
to it as well! Spoiler alert: ROMANCE GAMES SET WITH THE SHINSENGUMI IN THE BAKUMATSU END BADLY. At least it wasn't sugar-coated, somewhat accurate despite the wtf-worthy supernatural bent, and kept true to several historical dates.Would I buy it?
I seriously cannot decide. On one hand, I liked it. On the other hand, I can go off on tangent-rants for days. Ultimately probably yes because I have a horrible soft spot for the Shinsengumi despite myself.